It's a hard thing to admit my racing days are over. As much as I loved darting through the downtown alleys and hammering into a bright headwind, the fastest I ride these days is when I'm running late for work.
I've never been a "stable" kind of guy. Not that I see anything wrong with it, but I just don't have the space, money, or time to make a stable of bikes worth it. Ideally, I'd love to have a swift bike for when I want to go fast, a light tourer for when I want to go easy, and a knobby mountain bike for when I want to go dirty. But my house nor my wallet can support that ideal, forcing me to make a choice, and recently, I made a choice on a beautiful Raleigh Port Townsend to get me to work and back and around town without all the fuss and sweat-stripe of a messenger bag.
It's been a couple years coming, really. I've ridden my Swobo Sanchez far past my prime, and its utility as a commuter bike isn't the greatest. It's taken me this long to admit to myself that these days, my bike is more my station wagon than my sports car. I'm a commuter now, first and foremost. It's come time for a commuter bike.
Are you lucky enough to have a stable? Or have you had to make the hard choice between bikes? How do you most often ride, and what's your go-to ride?